Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Uber minicab driver jailed for sexual assault.

Another minicab driver has been jailed after he was found guilty of sexually assaulting a young woman in his minicab.

Samson Haile, 32, (20.01.83) of Lionel Road North, Brentford was today, Wednesday, 4 November, sentenced to eight months' imprisonment at Isleworth Crown Court having been convicted of sexual assault.

He is also the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order which will prohibits him from working as a private hire driver in England or Wales and applying to be a private hire driver in England or Wales. He will also be made to sign Sex Offender Register for ten years.

Haile, who was working as a private hire driver for Uber, was allocated a fare at around 22:30hrs on 27 February. 

The passenger, a 26-year-old woman, got into the cab in Ladbroke Grove, W11 and Haile immediately attempted to engage her in conversation with sexual overtones. Haile's inappropriate behaviour escalated to him stating that he wanted to have sex with the victim. Afraid for her safety, the victim told Haile that she wanted to get out of the vehicle but he continued to drive and began to touch her. The victim screamed and managed to escape the vehicle in Cromwell Road, SW5 before reporting the incident to police. 

Haile then went on to pick up another group of people. He dropped these people off at different addresses. The last passenger to be dropped off was a woman, off duty police officer, who was also subjected to sexual conversation and invitations to have sex. 

The officer filed an information report the following day concerning the behaviour of Haile during her minicab ride.

The officer investigating linked the report of sexual assault to the incident filed by the off duty officer and Haile was identified and arrested. 

Haile was found guilty of sexual assault on 3 September at Isleworth Crown Court and was sentenced at the same court on 4 November. 

Investigating officer DC Carly Driscoll of the Met's Roads and Transport Policing Command said: "Of particular concern was the rapid escalation in the behaviour of Samson Haile. He went from talking about sex to actually touching a lone, vulnerable female in a very short space of time. 

"I would like to praise the victim for having the confidence and courage to report her ordeal to police. I hope today's sentencing gives her a degree of closure and also displays the professionalism and commitment of officers within the Met to investigate allegations of sexual crime."




Brian said...

This is, of course, nothing to do with Uber.
They are not a private hire company, or a transportation company, and, it's not a meter.
Uber only introduced the victim to the sexual predator and put placed her in his car.
As any judge can see, no liability here.
That'll be 25% plus surge. Have a nice day.

Anonymous said...

Its what the public want apparently. Even female off duty police officers risk their lives for a cheap ride home. Sounds harsh but i've no sympathy. Plenty of professional London Taxis about in that area. You want cheap, take it, but don't keep crying when it all goes wrong !
You pays your money and you takes your choice. I would have expected a police officer to have better judgement of personal safety.

Anonymous said...

Nice to see plod using UBER

Anonymous said...

A Freedom of information request should be directed
at TFL to find out how long this rapist has been in the UK ?

Where he originates from ?

And, if he was licensed on the strength of a letter of good conduct from his country of origin!

If so, this practice should be stopped and all individuals licensed under this regime should be revoked immediately to protect the general public!

Anonymous said...

The general public need to be educated about the individuals TFL are licensing.

A freedom of information request asking how many PH drivers have been licensed on the strength of a letter of conduct from their country of origin, bypassing the CRB/DBS procedure ?

The same question should be asked for licensed London taxi drivers ?

Anonymous said...

But it's what the public want remember or so we have been told

Anonymous said...

I agree with the above,if you cannot prove 5 years of residence and good conduct in this country you should not be in any job that requires an enhanced check and all licences issued on that basis should be revoked with immediate effect.
The public need protecting from themselves and that is why we regulate.
This needs to stop !!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Dishing out PH licenses like Pizza leaflets. Tfl has to be accountable somewhere. It's going to get worse leading up to Xmas. Sounds like it's safer to fly to Egypt than to get in an Uber.